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Internet Restriction for a Child Pornography Conviction

Published: Dec 16, 2016 in Sex Crimes

The sex offender registration was created with a purpose, but many of the associated rules and restrictions make it difficult for you to move on with life and establish yourself in a community afterward. Internet restrictions, for example, make it hard live and work in the modern world. Texas law does not entirely prohibit you from accessing the internet or having social media accounts as a registered sex offender; however, certain offenses can lead to internet restrictions that greatly affect you.

If you are required to register as a sex offender and you are not sure if you can get online, contact Houston child pornography attorney Ned Barnett today at (713) 222-6767.

Texas Government Code §508.1861

While there are not broad internet restrictions, Texas law allows the courts to impose restrictions for certain offenses, including:

  • Indecency with a child
  • Sexual assault of a child
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child
  • Online solicitation of a minor
  • Sexual performance by a child

Internet restrictions can also be imposed if you were found to use the internet or an electronic device with internet access to commit an offense that required sex offender registration, like downloading or accessing child pornography online, or if you are assigned a risk level of two or three based on an assessment.

The Internet Restrictions

If you are placed on parole or mandatory supervision with internet restrictions in place, you cannot use the internet to:

  • Look at obscene materials
  • Access a commercial social networking website
  • Communicate with anyone about sexual relations with someone younger than 17 years old
  • Communicate with anyone you know to be younger than 17 years old
  • Your internet use and history can be monitored at any time to ensure you remain compliant with this rule.

When Internet Restrictions Affect Work or School

The purpose of these limitations is not to make it impossible for you to attend school or work. In fact, if the restrictions do make it difficult, this is an undue hardship and you should call Houston sex crimes lawyer Ned Barnett immediately. The parole board has the ability to modify these internet restrictions to allow you to go to school, find a job, and perform your job responsibilities. Ned Barnett will do what he can to ensure you can live your life while obeying the law.

Contact the Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767 to schedule a free consultation.